CHAIRMAN of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACA, Prof Itse Sagay, SAN, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack every member of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Interim Management Committee, IMC.
Sagay gave the advice while featuring on a current affairs programme on Channels Television. Sagay, an indigene of Delta State, one of the states of the Niger Delta, lamented what he described as mind boggling the level of pilfering of NDDC resources meant for the development of the region.
He said: “What President Buhari has to do is to clear all of them out of the place, all the people involved and sweep the place clean.
When some of these appointments were going to be made, I spoke in my private capacity that one or two of them were not suitable and fit for the responsibilities they were about to be given, but they were still given and now we are seeing the results. “The whole place is in a total mess, accusations and counter accusations talking of billions, it is mind boggling, very frightening and what worries me is that the rest of the country will say we had sympathy for your condition, made provisions but your own people have gone there and destroyed everything.
It gives a very bad name to the Niger Delta. “So, I will suggest that everybody there should be cleared out and the President should appoint a new set of people very quickly under temporary condition, so that a permanent board and management can be established in the place who will then be monitored.” On the need to inaugurate a substantive board for the commission, he said: “I do not see why the auditing cannot take place when you have a regular board. I do not see the point of having this temporal board, which is an abnormally and a disaster.” NDDC has wasted huge funds, failed N’Delta — Reps This came as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday, rated the performance of NDDC low, since its establishment 20 years.
He gave the House’ assessment of the commission, at an Investigative hearing into the alleged administrative malfeasance and financial impropriety.